Get ready. We're about to hit you with real-life tales of homegrown entrepreneurial growth and business success.
Ruby Jean’s Juicery was featured in the fourth annual We Create KC report, which highlights the business and organizations making Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city, and will be recognized by the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce at their annual luncheon on April 26.
Doodlekit founder Ben Kittrell is a finalist for Technologist of the Year in the 5th annual Silicon Prairie Award. (The winner will be announced in May at Omaha Startup Week. Good luck, Ben!)
Webb Technology Group became a certified Veteran-Owned Small Business in February of 2017 and is ready to start selling to one of the biggest clients out there—the federal government.
Weave Gotcha Covered! opened The Sewing Labs to teach job skills to marginalized women in the urban core and teamed up with like-minded workforce development organizations with KC Works Together.
El Padrino in Kansas City, Kansas, is the first store in the country to carry Hallmark’s new Latino-focused line—Vida.
Fortiviti takes a lot of the hassle out of running a business and was honored with a 25 Under 25 Award by Thinking Bigger Media.
Family Bicycles was recently accepted into Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesss Program. Stephanie Sage of Sage Restoration and Sharon Auck of Fresh Approach Cleaning Professionals have already graduated from this intense national program.
Thirsty Coconut opened a new building in Louisburg, Kansas, tripled its staff and is on course to quadruple sales in 2017 as a nationwide vendor for healthy beverage distribution.
On the heels of graduating from Pipeline Entrepreneurs and winning a $50,000 LaunchKC grant, FEWDM partnered with Pinsight Media to launch its fitness mobile app that features exercises using its suite of fitness products--and was also featured in the 2017 We Create KC report.
Friend that Cooks has added four new employees, 2 new cities and is on goal to hit $1 million in annual sales by April. And they're still hiring!
Nuñez Marble and Tile saw revenue growth of 35 percent in 2016 and has grown to 10 full time employees.
What do all of those KC companies have in common?
They primed and prepped their businesses for growth and success with ScaleUP! Kansas City.
And if your business is at least two years old, has revenues in excess of $150,000 and has market that can generate $1 million in sales, you can join that trajectory of growth.
> Skip the pitch and apply at www.scaleupkc.com. Applications are due May 4, 2017.
Applications are now open for the sixth cohort of ScaleUP! Kansas City, an elite program of currciulum, coaching and peer community that helps select KC businesses grow.
To date, 77 homegrown Kansas City businesses have entered the program, with results, as you read above, that include facility expansions, new hires, new financing, increased sales and expanded markets.
ScaleUP! is now recruiting its next select group of 15 small business owners who will be immersed in four months of courses and collisions that will change the trajectory of their businesses.
ScaleUP! KC, valued at thousands per participant, is offered at no-cost thanks to generous funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Applications will be accepted through May 4, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and interviews/site visits may be conducted following the application deadline. The sixth cohort will launch on June 1.
ScaleUP! KC is offered at no cost to selected participants, thanks to funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, success stories and to apply, go to www.scaleupkc.com.